sport news Frank Lampard knows Chelsea will sack him if their poor form continues

Frank Lampard knows that Chelsea got rid of him once as a player and will do so again as a manager if results don't improve.

But the Chelsea manager, whose team take on Morecambe in the FA Cup after four defeats in six games in the Premier, says that he won't worry about those external pressures, with Ralph Hassenhuttl, Julian Nagelsmann and all being touted as potential Chelsea managers for next season.

Realistically Fulham away next Friday is a bigger showdown for Lampard than Morecambe. Lose at Craven Cottage and the support he has been shown so far by managing director Marina Granovskaia may wilt away.

Frank Lampard knows that Chelsea's results must improve fast for him to keep his job as boss

Frank Lampard knows that Chelsea's results must improve fast for him to keep his job as boss

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Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has been linked with Chelsea job

Southamptpn's Ralph Hasenhuttl has also been mentioned for a Stamford Bridge move

Former PSG manager (left) and Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl (right) have been linked with the Stamford Bridge job

But Lampard, who impressed working under a transfer ban last season, doesn't expect any favours just because he is a Chelsea legend, the club's record goal-scorer and an icon of its most successful ever team.

'All I want to concentrate on is the job in hand and I can't control some things,' said Lampard. 'I certainly don't want to rely on anything that's happened in the past here.

'A month ago everything was rosy and now a month later, in very quick time, everyone is looking negatively,' said Lampard. 'For me, I have to be the one who looks positively and things I can't control outside of that would be a waste of time for me.

'I've felt huge support from this club, coming back here to manage them, the way it's worked in the period I've been back, my time here as a player. I felt huge support for 13 years in my time as a player but in the end I left the club because they wanted to move on to other things.

Lampard doesn't expect any favours because he is a club legend and their record goal-scorer

Lampard doesn't expect any favours because he is a club legend and their record goal-scorer

'I understand what football is, I understand the demands and expectations. So I don't think I can earn the right of anything that takes me out of that equation. All I can do is be honest about how I see it, openly to yourselves and behind the scenes.

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